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Mexican Squash on a Budget

Name: Sarah Carter
Class Year: 2017
Country of Residence: Ireland

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

I recently moved to Ireland to begin my PhD studies. Busy with work and struggling to find the time to go the grocery store, I quickly discovered the joy of grocery home delivery. One time, they accidentally delivered a butternut squash instead of bananas. By the time I noticed the mistake, it was too late. A PhD stipend is not much – and requires one to live frugally, on a budget. I was not about to let any food got to waste. So I dug around in my pantry, found a can of black beans and a few veggies, and – voilà ! The Mexican squash was born. It’s become a regular to cook for dinner – quick to make; very filling; and great for anyone living on a budget!

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Three Dips

Name: Lynn Meins
Class Year: 1970
Country of Residence: Germany

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

In 1983, a group of 6 of us started a book club.  Not only do we read books, we also cook meals for each other.  For my first evening as hostess, I made dips with vegetables and other finger food.  This was practically unknown here in Germany at the time and was a big hit.  In fact, since then, the other members have insisted that I make dips – whenever I dared try something else, I got the reaction, “That was very good, but next time we want your dips!”  Here are some of the favorites.  (If anyone wants some good book tips, I can provide those, too!)

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Shopska Salad (Bulgarian tomato salad)

Name: Krasina Koleva
Class Year: 2009
Country of Residence: Bulgaria

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

This is a traditional Bulgarian salad. It is similar to Greek salad but Bulgarian feta cheese tends to be softer. It is also usually crumbled in the salad.  The name Shopska is the old name of the Sofia region.

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Greek Salad

Name: Dimitra China
Class Year: 2016
Country of Residence: Greece

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

This is a very common recipe in Greece. We eat this salad every day during summertime at my house and the vinegar is my dad’s addition to make the salad have a twist & taste even better. Please note that the end taste is affected by the quality of the fresh vegetables.

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Name: Vennie Muenzen
Class Year: 2010
Country of Residence: USA

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

I grew up in Bulgaria where I spent the spring break and summers helping my grandma in her garden. I hold vivid memories of planting seeds in pots in the greenhouse we had constructed and waiting for the stems to show so we can plant next the tomatoes and cucumbers in the garden. We made traditional Bulgarian Shopska salads with fresh tomatoes, red bell pepper, cucumbers, white brine cheese, and parsley.

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